No. 23 Texas Tech beats CS Bakersfield 73-58 before Big 12

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kyler Edwards scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime and No. 23 Texas Tech pulled away to win its 54th consecutive home game against nonconference teams, 73-58 over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.

Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey also had 20 points for the Red Raiders (9-3), with eight of those coming in a 13-2 run midway through the second half that put them ahead by double figures the rest of the game.

Tech led 57-43 after Ramsey had a steal that he turned into a breakaway dunk with 9 minutes left. The Red Raiders converted 17 turnovers by Cal State Bakersfield into 26 points.

The Roadrunners (6-9) got within 44-41 on a 3-pointer by Justin Edler-Davis with 12:54 left. But they had three bad-pass turnovers in just under three minutes that led to seven points in the Tech run. Ramsey had another steal that resulted in a fastbreak layup by Kyler Edwards, and Ramsey made a 3-pointer after Davide Moretti’s steal.

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Edler-Davis led Bakersfield with 10 points and six rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Cal-State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners were able to stay close before Tech went on the deciding run. … Bakersfield has never beaten a Top 25 team, and this is the second year in a row with a road loss against a ranked Big 12 team — the 2018-19 season opened with a loss at then-No. 20 TCU.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have won four games in a row, a streak that started with a win over then-No. 1 Louisville. … Texas Tech’s nonconference home winning streak started in December 2013 and trails Butler’s 57-game streak. … The Red Raiders are 7-0 at home this season and have won 14 straight there. They are 57-5 overall at home under fourth-year coach Chris Beard, 34-0 against non-conference teams.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas Tech will go into Big 12 Conference play still ranked. The Red Raiders were as high as 11th earlier this season before three losses in a row briefly dropped them out of the poll.

UP NEXT

Cal-State Bakersfield plays its first two WAC games at home, next Saturday against Grand Canyon and then Jan. 8 against California Baptist.

Texas Tech opens conference play at home Saturday against Oklahoma State, then hosts Baylor three days later.

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